Thursday, March 12, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Taking Fire"

Taking Fire by Lindsey McKenna
Publisher: HQN Books (February 24, 2015)
Series: Shadow Warriors, 7
Genre: Romantic Suspense

She dances on the edge of life…and death…

Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban…and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives. 

To go rogue. 

Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he's more than just a soldier. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows…and risking everything by stepping into the light. 

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Khatereh Shinwari is a Marine sniper in the hills of Afghanistan. From her perch above the trails she notices a group of SEALs about to get ambushed by a group of Taliban. Her exact aim allows 3 of the four SEALs to escape, she is sure the fourth is dead; but she is determined to recover his body so his family will have closure. When she gets to him, she discovers he is alive.

I was drawn to this book solely because Khat is a sniper. I have seen very few books that have a female sniper and the concept intrigued me. At first Khat seemed to be one of the strongest female characters I have ever read, but the book progressed and she let her guard down you realized she was even stronger because the depth of what she was keeping to herself so she could accomplish her mission was astounding. Mike Tarik was with his SEAL team one moment and the next he woke up in a cave. He was the driving force in Khat’s transformation and the one who pursued the relationship. I kind of liked how he didn’t take “No” for an answer. I liked them as a couple a lot, they had an ease about them, like they had been together for years.

I did find the dialog not what I expected. However since each of these characters were of Middle Eastern descent I chalked it up to that. Mike’s instant connection to Khat seemed believable, but it was Khat’s situation that seemed more stretched. How she worked as a sniper with the intensity that she did for as long as she did without breaking seemed miraculous.

This is my first book by Linday McKenna and I have already pre-ordered the short novella that highlights the same characters. Be warned – the ending of Taking Fire is a HEA for Mike and Khat, but maybe not to the point most of us would like; to see that you will need to purchase/read the follow-up. 


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) 

Have you read Liindsey McKenna before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Thanks Kame. I read stories by Lindsey McKenna a while back. Looks like I'll need to add her to my RVR list.
Great review.

Sophia Rose said...

I got to read this one too, Kame. I really liked that she was a sniper and I was appalled at what happened to her. I loved them together as a couple. There were a few moments when I thought the dialogue was a bit stilted, but no too bad. I need to get that follow up novella too.

KAMEBookReview said...

I chalked the stilted dialogue up to culture in my head. I was just so happy to see a female sniper I let some things just go.
I read the next full length book - the review will be up close to release
Please let me know what you think of the novella

Sophia Rose said...

Will do! But I warn you, it some times takes me forever to get to books on my wish list. ;)

KAMEBookReview said...

I completely understand - the novella is not high on my priority list for purchase and therefore for reading either